August 26

Valenok Moscow reviewed by Moscownightguide

Moscow Nightlife & Moscow Clubs


Read the Moscownightguide review of Valenok Moscow. I cover all you need to know from a Moscow nightclub.


Review of: Valenok Moscow

Type of venue: Elegant restaurant/bar/club


Popular with the posh crowd.


Surprisingly low-priced.


Not popping off but popular.

That's good

  • Elegant but not expensive
  • Always packed​​​​
  • No hassle at the door if you're dressed well

That needs improvement

  • Could be "clubbier"
  • Lot of people don't come for partying

Summary: Valenok is the not-so-secret insider tip if you want high-end nightlife without breaking the bank. Just be aware that it's another one of those restaurant nightclubs and not "the real thing".

Where is Valenok in Moscow?

What kind of music do they play in Valenok?

Depends on the DJ but most of the time it will be electro/house/vocal house. Less tacky than at other venues and you can notice they make an effort to play more stylish music.

What kind of people go to Valenok and how is the vibe?

Valenok has established itself as another one of the places for Moscow’s “see and be seen” crowd. Don’t get intimidated by the flashy cars in front of its doors though, the face-control here is surprisingly easy for a place that targets the higher-end segment of Moscow nightlife.

Valenok has two floors and both are mostly packed with tables. The second floor rarely fills up and is for smaller groups that are there for food and chill drinks. The entire spot is actually more of a restaurant with a smallish dancefloor. The vibe is kind of  “get some drinks here and head somewhere later”.

The crowd is mixed but not too young. You’ll get anything from early twenties to late thirties, both men and women (women are usually a bit younger). It’s more of a posh place but without exuding that strong “transactional” vibe that other bars and clubs have. It has the occasional tourist or expat and overall fills up quite nicely early in the night.

In summer, Valenok opens its veranda with more seating opportunities. Unlike other bars, it’s clearly meant for food and drinks and not for partying. Service is friendly and food is pretty tasty as well.

When should I go to Valenok?

Since it is more of a pre-party place, I would advise to go a bit earlier. People without tables usually move to the neighboring Motel or other places from 2am to 3am. Best visited on the weekend, but you can visit during the week as well, especially if you come for food and cocktails.

What's the dress code in this club?

Elegance level: high

The door is surprisingly easy, dress sharp and you should have no problems.

What are the prices like in this club?

Price level: standard

Another pleasant surprise, as it is not that expensive for Moscow standards. Vodka Red Bull 500 Rubles. Tables start at 3,000 Rubles per person.

How is the energy in this club?

Energy level: decent

Most people are here for food or a drink or two before heading somewhere else. But it is very popular in doing so and there is a good turnaround of people.

So do you have any insider tips or recommendations for Valenok?

  • If memory serves correctly, the "PS I love you" cocktail is really strong. You won't need more than two of those. 

Why you should come to Valenok

Because it’s the cheapest place to get a sniff of Moscow’s high-end nightlife. Come here if you’re not sure whether posh places are for you or if you want to start the night at a nice spot.

I came to Russia in 2014 to study. I thought I would leave after one year to pursue a boring office job. But this country offers the adventures and opportunities that you don’t find anymore in the West. I decided to stay in the Wild East.

If you’re sociable, communicative and speak their language, Russians love you. I was decent at the former two and I learned the latter. These days my Russian is fluent and I keep improving my communication skills every day.

I strongly believe that confidence and persistence are the keys to success when dealing with Russia and its people. My mission is to help you to establish a connection with this amazing country, be it through dating, life or language.

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